Protect Livestock During Cold Spells
Written by Andrew-Rossi on March 4, 2019
Possible near-record cold temperatures are expected to move through the Northern Plains and Midwest for the next week, which poses a potential impact to agricultural producers.
According to the USDA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, above average precipitation chances will add to the difficulties. Officials are advising producers to closely monitor livestock health, feed and water availability, adding that calving and new livestock are at most risk.
Now is a busy time of year with calving, but Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension agriculture and horticulture educator in Park County, says individuals should take precautions when working outside for any length of time, wearing appropriate clothes and resting when possible. Water lines to houses and livestock operations should also be monitored.
Vardiman adds that it’s important to keep records up to date and record losses to determine if you qualify for the USDA Farm Service Agency Livestock Indemnity Program.